Angelina Tubon Per.3 AP Lit 3/13/19 Sylvia Plath 20 Facts Sylvia Plath 1.The same year her father died, she published her first poem in the Boston Herald’schildren section. She was nine. 2.Her first choice in major at Smith College was studio art, but her professors encouraged her to major in English instead. 3.When she spent a month in New York as a guest editor for Mademoiselle magazine, it didn’t go as planned and she attempted suicide, crawling under the house and taking her mother’s sleeping pills. 4.She met poet Ted Hughes and less than four months dating, they married. 5.The Bell Jarwas her only novel and it portrayed her struggles with mental illness. 6.She committed suicide by gassing herself in the kitchen while her children slept in the room nearby. 7.Her suicide note leaves people questioning if her suicide was intentional or if it was a cry for help. 8.Hughes published some of her work after her death and was criticized for it. 9.Assia Wevill, Ted Hughes’ wife that he left Plath for, committed suicide and killed her daughter because of all the stress that came with her relationship with Hughes. 10. At 12 years old, her IQ was around 160. 11. She chose June 16th for her wedding date in honor of James Joyce's Novel 'Ulysses'. 12.The Bell Jarwas originally rejected by U.S. publishers & it was published in the U.K.. 13. She published her novel under a different name because she didn’t want to upset anyone mentioned in it, such as her mother. 14. She received electroshock therapy for her clinical depression. 15. She lived in an apartment that had been previously occupied by W.B. Yeats, a famous poet. 16. She repeated fifth grade because her family wanted her to be with children her own age. 17. She was assaulted on a blind date her 1st year at Smith College which is talked about in her short story “A Brief Encounter”. 18. She cut up her legs to see if she was “brave enough” to commit suicide 19. Her son Nicholas committed suicide at age 47 due to depression. 20. Before her death, Plath and Hughes were allegedly working on getting back together. Sources: Chronopoulou, A. (2017). Sylvia Plath Trivia: 35 facts about the American poet and novelist Source:-an
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